All methods within church
planting are designed towards
one simple result:
Seeing people become disciples
We have seen the big picture - the
multiplication cycle - but we need to see
that different teams use different methods
in different locations to achieve this result.
Payne helpfully quotes the experience of Jeff
who is a church planting catalyst. I’ll let the
book continue to the story,
“Jeff helps to equip and mobilize churches and
church-planting teams. Many of these teams
serve in the United States among unreached
people groups from Saudi Arabia, Yemen,
Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal and Egypt.
I asked Jeff about the methods used among
the Muslim groups. He began by summarizing
their overall approach. “We want to use simple
evangelism and church-planting methods that
are transferable to the new believers and
churches and are easily reproducible across
their social networks.”
Talking speciﬁcs, Jeff said, “We try to get to the
gospel message as soon as we can in our
interaction with others. That’s where the power
is found. We begin having many spiritual
conversations with others and then invite them
to continue our conversations through an
eleven-week discovery Bible study…
…that is customized to the person’s religious
background. For example, we use a study tool
called ‘The Prophet’ with our Muslim friends,
which begins with creation and continues to
the birth of the church. This study particularly
addresses matters related to shame and fear—
signiﬁcant issues in many Muslim cultures.”
The Spirit cannot be limited to a timeline, and
not everyone’s journey to faith is the same.
Even so, Jeff mentioned that church planters
using this method are seeing Muslims come to
faith after about a three-month period and be
baptized shortly thereafter, and are reporting
new churches after two years.
Jeff stressed the importance of church planters
teaching a healthy ecclesiology to the new
believers. Shortly after people come to faith,
the team teaches them about persecution and
begins to cast a vision for them to be a local
Biblical teaching on the nature and purpose of
the church follows, and the new small group
usually comes to the conclusion that the Spirit
has led them to become a local expression of
the Body of Christ.”
Paternalism is the belief that the team
knows what is best for the people.
Much missionary activity from the West
was based upon a belief that other
cultures were ignorant and uncivilised.
Teams work to reproduce what church
etc. was like in the West.
New believers would not have the
education of the missionaries and so
were thought to be incapable to doing
what the missionaries did. The result is
people who were made to depend
upon the missionaries - they always
needed outsiders to help.
Experience and wisdom are valuable and
But CP teams should not teach / act so that
local people can’t work without them.
We should be looking to use methods
that equip and release local people to
do the work of ministry.
Helps them to work in a way that is right for
their culture and location.
You wouldn't put a size 12 show on a child
who takes size 3.
Don’t create structures or use methods that
don’t work for the culture you are in.
Try to develop an approach that depends
on the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, other
believers and pastoral oversight.
5. Methods should
From the starting a new church needs to have
What do you think they might be?
To make sure people don’t think of these as
being ungodly or found in ourself Charles
Brock calls these “Christ sustained abilities”.
They call themselves a local expression of
the Body of Christ, a church.
They should have the ﬁnancial and human
resources required to function as a local
With elders, Holy Spirit ﬁlled believers, and
the Word of God they should be able to
make their own decisions about life and
Led by the HS they should fulﬁl the Gt.
Comm. locally and worldwide.
Expressing their worship in ways that are
appropriate to their own context and culture.
They should be able to exhort, rebuke,
encourage and instruct one another
according to the WOG in the guidance of the
Relying on WOG and HS for accountability
and discernment, they should be able to
apply biblical truth within their context.
Question: How does a church show these
qualities soon after it has been birthed?
We should be relying on the Holy Spirit
What we will be in 5 years is different to what
we are now
The church will develop these abilities more as
time goes on, but it should (because of the
WOG and HS) show them in some way from
Self supporting - might mean a large
budget supporting staff and buildings.
It might also mean having enough
money to make photocopies.
Self-theologising could mean the ability to
write a book on systematic theology but could
also mean being able to answer the question,
“How do we apply this biblical truth in our
Imagine: during the evangelism stage an
unbeliever asks, “Where should we meet to
study about Jesus?”
What would your response be?
One possibility here is to say, “Where would
you like to meet?”
Why is this a good response?
This gives them some power even before
they get born again and can lead to a greater
willingness to be self governing later on
With believers you ask, “What should we do
What would be a good answer?
Look for appropriate answers from the
believers - answers that reﬂect a desire to learn
and an understanding of where they are in
growth and understanding.
What would you think
if they stand and look
at each other whilst
Imagine… your do a study on the subject of
praise and worship using some Psalms as
How do you conclude, what do you say?
1. As we have seen in the Bible, music,
singing, raising hands are an important part
of worshipping God. How do you think we
should apply (use) this truth in our weekly
2. You tell the new believers: “The church is a
worshipping community with psalms, hymns
and spiritual songs, so next week we’ll bring
along a guitar and some songs to sing.”
3. Someone in the group might say, “We
should have some music and sing to God. But
none of us can play, would one of you please
play for us?”
3 Answer. Two possible answers, “Yes” or “If
there is no one to play an instrument we can
always sing without music”
The team must resist the temptation to make
decisions and plans, to provide the musicians,
handle money etc.
The CP team should only do the things that
they alone can do.
Don’t lead them to think how amazing, how
gifted, how special the CP team are, don’t let
them think that they can’t do it as well as the
Remember: Methods Matter — your
methods will make people stand
without you, or make them rely on
you. Which do you want?
Remember 1 Cor 11:1,
Be imitators of me, as
I am of Christ.
2 Tim 3:10, Heb 13:7 You, however, have
followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in
life, my faith, my patience, my love, my
steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and
…Remember your leaders, those who spoke to
you the word of God. Consider the outcome of
their way of life, and imitate their faith.